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    I'll include Baroque for this one and just go with my favorites:

    1) J.S. Bach
    2) Ravel
    3) Beethoven
    4) Debussy
    5) D. Scarlatti
    6) Rodrigo
    7) Schubert
    8) Prokofiev
    9) Schumann
    10) Chopin

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    Sorabji (the world just isn´t ready for him yet)
    Reminds me of what they say up north: "Alaska -- it's the land of the future! And always will be."


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    The 19th Century was the piano period, and Chopin, Liszt and Alkan were it's masters.
    I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people don't like me anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Reminds me of what they say up north: "Alaska -- it's the land of the future! And always will be."
    Concerning Sorabji, the set of "100 Transcendental Etudes" seems to show him from a more approachable side ... Ullén is doing a fine, pioneering job recording them, but a pianist with more emotional involvement and architectural understanding, based on Ulléns initial voyage of discovery, will probably make them sound even better.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Nov-25-2012 at 00:42.

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    Ignoring the poll and top ten aspects, which I don't get, and perhaps wrongly assuming part of your energy behind them is to collect suggestions.... These I think will certainly be in the general literature, some of them 'Everests or K2's' of a sort, which, since 'they are there' many a pianist will want to climb.

    There is a little matter of Olivier Messiaen's large scale cycle Visions de l'Amen for two pianos, his Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus, a cycle of twenty pieces for solo piano, and his collected thirteen pieces of the Catalogue d'oiseaux ("Bird catalogue") also for solo piano.

    Elliott Carter's monumental (and only) Piano Sonata
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZxp8...feature=relmfu

    Check out Frederic Rzewski's variations on "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" -- on the scale of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k40HV...eature=related

    Or his four North American Ballads
    Dreadful Memories
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6-9PIj5B0w
    Which Side are You on?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gavxi9OTFoo
    Down by the Riverside
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P-LQzTVzL4
    Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDNy4YuCxdk

    William Bolcom ~ Twelve new Etudes
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1e8TV6CG5c

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    Quote Originally Posted by neoshredder View Post
    I'm thinking the list would go like this. And I'm only considering ones that wrote for Piano. So Bach won't count. At least not JS Bach.
    1. Beethoven
    2. Mozart
    3. Chopin
    4. Schubert
    5. Debussy
    6. Ravel
    7. Liszt
    8. Prokofiev
    9. Shostakovich
    10. Satie.
    Knock off your no's 9 & 10 and replace them with Brahms and Schumann, and this list would not be so hopelessly lop-sided -- in spite of the fact I more than much admire Satie and love some of the piano pieces. But a lot of re-hashed Bach as one of the larger contributions a composer made to the piano literature does not cut it in my book at all.

    The trouble with lists....

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    Beethoven
    Chopin
    Schumann
    Liszt
    Brahms
    Prokofiev
    Ravel
    Debussy
    Ravel
    Scriabin

    Also Messiaen

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    My current ten, as far as personal preference goes:

    1. Liszt.
    2. Beethoven.
    3. Chopin.
    4. Schumann.
    5. Schubert.
    6. Brahms.
    7. Debussy.
    8. Rachmaninoff.
    9. Scriabin.
    10. Bach.
    Last edited by Lisztian; Nov-25-2012 at 11:07.

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    1. Scriabin

    The rest is open for debate.

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    Sorry, I would leave out too many with a Top 10 request.

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    No Liberace from anybody?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    No Liberace from anybody?
    "You'll be the death of me"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodromides View Post
    "You'll be the death of me"

    The Loved One, right? Oops, just saw the words at the bottom...
    Last edited by KenOC; Nov-26-2012 at 04:35.


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    Did Liberace actually compose or just add icing sugar?

    Could do with a few more spanish Albeniz and Mompou. Also no Medtner Anyone else I would have mentioned already has, just not in the same lists.

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    Order to be determined:

    Beethoven
    Schubert
    Chopin
    Schumann
    Liszt
    Brahms
    Debussy
    Skryabin
    Satie
    Ravel


    I'd need a supplementary list featuring Mozart, Grieg, Albeniz, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Granados, Poulenc and Ireland but for now the above ten are fairly unshakeable. Pity Moussorgsky didn't write more for solo piano rather than wasting years buggering about with operas he was usually too tanked up to finish.

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